When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing — as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of January 22, 2017, Redemption bands We Come Alive (in Jasper) and The Loogootee Collective (in Loogootee) led music and we sang:
HOW GREAT THOU ART
Written by Stuart Wesley Keene Hine; 1953. It’s hard to believe that this song is less than 60 years old. The third verse is particularly impactful. “And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing/Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in/That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing/He bled and died to take away my sin/Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee/How great thou art.”
Download “How Great Thou Art (Live)” by Trio. (fast version)
Download “How Great Thou Art (Live)” by At One. (slow version)
ONLY YOUR BLOOD IS ENOUGH
Written by Neil
. Nothing we do (“no bleeding bird or beast, no hyssop branch, no priest”) is enough to make us sinners right before a perfect and holy God. In other words, no kind of sacrifice or right-living will set us right before God. Only the blood of Jesus can set us free. Great words to this song.
Buy “Only Your Blood” by Sojourn.
HALLELUJAH WHAT A SAVIOR
Written by Philip Paul Bliss and Tommy Walker, 2004. Based on the old hymn “Man of Sorrows, What A Name,” this updated version adds a chorus but sticks to the theme of going through the gospel and adding praise to God for his mercy towards us.
Buy “Hallelujah What A Savior” by Austin Stone Worship (feat. Aaron Ivey).
ROCK OF AGES
Written by Augustus M. Toplady, 1776. Music by Thomas Hastings, 1830. I love the line “Let the water and the blood/From Thy wounded side which flowed/Be of sin the double cure/Save from wrath and make me pure.”
Buy “Rock Of Ages” by Sojourn (feat. Brooks Ritter).
COME BEHOLD THE WONDROUS MYSTERY
Written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Michael Bleeker; 2012. This awesome lyrical song walks us through the Gospel, from Jesus’ birth to second coming. “Praise the Lord, He is alive!”
Buy “Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery” by Matt Boswell.
YOUR NAME IS MATCHLESS
Written by Colin Edge, Neil DeGraide, 2015. What God has done for us is matchless. We were adopted as children of God through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus. Because of that, we sing glory to His name.
Buy “Your Name Is Matchless” by Sovereign Grace Music.